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Reality check on QB battle

OK, let's be realistic here. The Ravens' quarterback competition is between two players -- Troy Smith and Kyle Boller. Rookie Joe Flacco is only in the picture if both aren't healthy for the season opener. People started getting a little giddy Saturday night after Flacco started in place of Smith and Boller, but he didn't play well enough to get back into the picture.

Actually, he showed again why he isn't ready to start a game. He is still struggling processing the speed of the NFL game, and he'll struggle even more when the regular season starts. Right now, most NFL teams aren't showing a lot, or at least not all of their packages. Veteran players also hold back because its the preseason, not the regular season. But on Sept. 7 the intensity gets turned up a notch. Flacco isn't ready for that.

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To imply that he was back in the picture for No. 1 was pure speculation.

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Right offensive tackle Adam Terry did a decent job against the St. Louis Rams Saturday night, especially since he was sidelined for about three weeks with a sprained ankle. Let's just hope he can continue to improve.

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I checked with a number of team officials today who said Smith was really, really sick before the start of Saturday night's game. The same officials said several other players had similar symptoms in previous weeks. Some bounced back in a few days. Others rebounded in about a week.

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Coach John Harbaugh said cornerback Derrick Martin will not play against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Ravens need him. Martin has played well up until this point, while backup cornerbacks Corey Ivy and Frank Walker have gotten picked on.

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The Ravens heavy jumbo package of fullback Le'Ron McClain running behind fullback Lorenzo Neal was impressive. I'd like to see more of that this season.

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Harbaugh likes to hide information on injured players. I think he picked that trick up from an old friend, New England's Bill Belichick. Harabugh is also good friends with former Ravens special teams coach Scott O'Brien, now with the Denver Broncos.

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